Beginning Friday, March 6, Out There will also feature its very own coffee shop. Gilbert and Heinen expanded their retail space into the rear of the building and added a fully-stocked coffee bar that will sell espresso, latte, cappuccino, frozen yogurt, assorted dessert confections and soda pop. "We plan to eventually add sandwiches too," said Gilbert.
With the current economy putting the pinch on retail business, Gilbert and Heinen felt the timing was right for a combination coffee shop-yogurt stand-meeting facility. There are a half dozen tables and chairs and a long counter for customers who need a GLBT-friendly ambiance after a hard day at work.
"With the Planet Cafe closed," said Heinen, "and the Broadway Roasterie re-located to a different location, the timing seemed perfect for adding this component to our business."
The coffee shop will be open the same hours as the card-and-gift shop, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Sunday.